Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Well, maybe it wasn't CRASH as much as "thump". I was trying to do too many things at once... entertain children, make their lunch, whip up a batch of brownies for Jon's band (story later), and take pictures for the blog at the same time. Multi-task much?
I forgot to put the wrist strap on as I usually do and the camera fell while I was trying to snap a picture of melted butter. The lens won't retract since it's bent and the camera won't turn on for more then a split second.
It's just a simple "point & shoot".. nothing fancy... but it may as well have been my left arm falling off. I feel lost without it and it's only been dead for 30 minutes. I take pictures of everything. I have so many pictures on our computer that we had to get an external hard drive just to have enough space for them.
I'm not sure what I'll do about a camera right now. I'm sure we'll figure out something until then I'll just sigh heavily and look dejected.
Good thing I don't have a camera to take a picture of myself right now, right??
**Update: My mom is amazing. She's decided to buy me my birthday/Christmas present early and get me a gently used camera from ebay! I'm so lucky to have a mom that is so supportive of me. She knows how much photography means to me. The camera should be here in a few days!! THANK YOU MOM!!!!**
This is the view from about 10 minutes away. It's blurry but the sun was so bright behind me that I couldn't see the screen on the camera to see if it was focused.
There are two pinnacles of the mountain. The higher one is completely sided by sheer rock and the top has trees on it. The smaller pinnacle is where the road to the top leads. It was a steep drive and there were a lot of people competing for parking spaces. Luckily after looping around a few times we were able to find a spot.
It was chilly Sunday so we brought our light jackets. I forgot about the wind on top of a mountain. It was freezing up there!!!
I packed a picnic lunch for us so we set off to find a place to eat.
Jon contemplating life and his role in it...
Then it was time for me to break away for a few minutes to get some pictures of the beautiful leaves and the rocks.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I put some Mache seeds in an empty bed also since the rain could water them in and I wouldn't have to drag the hose around. Mache is a VERY cold weather hardy salad green very popular in Europe. I learned about it in the "Four Season Harvest" by Eliot Coleman (I LOVE this book). If you watch Top Chef, they've cooked with it a lot this season. They pronounce it "Mah-sh". I like to pronounce it "Maa-shay". I'm probably wrong but it sounds better.
Hopefully my seeds will germinate well. This is one of the few crops that does better when planted so late in the year like this without protection. I may cover it with a row cover when it gets super cold though.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
You may not be able to tell from this angle but this is one sad, embarrassed doggy. He wouldn't stay still long enough for a better picture of his sweater. Oscar is getting up there in age and I thought a nice wool sweater would help him stay warm this winter. When I first tried it on him, he laid on his side and refused to get up. He finally got up and jumped on Jon's chest (where he is in the picture). I think he's trying to tell Jon that I've finally lost it.
The sweater is a bit small. I used this pattern. It was a super simple pattern but I should have made it wider on the sides and knit the neck ribbing on larger needles. The pattern was written for a 10 lb. chihuahua so I thought I'd be fine since Oscar is 5 1/2 lbs. Maybe I knit too tight? Oh well, I don't think he would have liked it any better if it had fit properly. I'm sure he's on the phone right now reporting me to PETA.
I used Paton's wool in Autumn sunset (I think that's what it was called).
Anyone know a tiny Chihuahua that likes wearing sweaters?
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
My mom recently gave me her apple peeler/slicer/corer. With all of those apples I have to make into applesauce, her gift came at the right time!
It sounds like Evan is saying "poo-poo" but that's how he says "apple". Hopefully that one will become more clear in the coming months. :)
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
I've never seen carrot tops with frost on them before. I have to say it's amazing! The frost outlines each leaf and it's just beautiful!
The clover in our lawn looked quite pretty also.
**Edited to add... The lettuce looks great this morning... even the row outside of the cold frame!! Yippee!**
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Here's how I got them ready for the freezer...
First I cut them in half.... being very careful not to cut my finger off.
I scoop one cup of pumpkin puree into ziploc bags and lay them flat to freeze. This makes thawing much faster and makes them easier to fit in my freezer. Once they're frozen I put them in gallon sized freezer bags and put them in the chest freezer.
From my 40 pounds of pumpkin, I got about 50 cups of puree!! Bring on the pies, muffins, cookies, and anything else I can dream up to make with pumpkin.